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Old 05-28-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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suse 9.3 64 bit 3d working no sound

i am running suse 9.3 64 bit on a asus k8v se deluxe, amd 64 3000, 1.5 gig ram, 256 ati pro 9800
installing the ati drivers was simple, i follwed two posts to get it going. first one was how to recompile custom kernel

i downloaded the newest kernel from and followed these instructions. after i got this done, i followed this how too.
i downloaded the 64 bit ati drivers and the patches for the kernel. follwed the instructions, and when i ran fglrxconfig, i made sure to set "use externel AGPGART" to yes

rebooted and everything is working great except for sound, my music player says it is playing but there is no sound. i opened up alsamixer in the console and made sure nothing was muted. any advice but would be great
Old 05-30-2005, 09:48 PM   #2
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I'm no kernel compiling wizard ... but is it possible that you didn't add some kernel module needed for your soundcard/spu?

Also, many applications require tweaking to choose which sound system to use (ALSA, OSS, ARTS ... whatever), if you have the options try each one.

If it was working before, but now is not, I would bet you missed something in the kernel compile that was needed for your sound driver.

Sorry I can't be of more help!
Old 06-03-2005, 07:07 AM   #3
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I'm a newbie so feel free to ignore this, but I had a similar problem until 5 minutes ago - that's why I'm reading this thread.

I am running Suse 9.1 with a kernel on a P3-450 machine with Creative SB PCI64 built in sound. The KsCD player ran the CD player and picked up track info etc. CD was playing but no sound came from the speakers.

When I compiled the kernel I noticed ALSA was offered as an option in the menuconfig so I selected it. Under Sound Card Support I selected ALSA. I read somewhere on the ALSA website that some systems need a "Dummy" card installing to work (don't ask me why) so under Generic Devices I selected "Dummy Sound Card". Then under PCI devices I also selected my actual hardware.

YaST found and installed the real sound hardware but then reported that "The number of running cards did not match the number of configured cards" - not surprising because I had set a dummy card as well. So I then used the Add button to add the ALSA Dummy card from the list. I then used the Volume button in YaST to turn up the volume on the cards. Try both at first - but you will only need one turned up to get the sound. You may also get weird effects such as selecting the dummy card and YaST saying you are adjusting the real one. Don't panic - it worked in the end.

Finally, make sure that you have also started the Volume program from the multimedia menu in KDE and turned up the volume. Right clicking on the icon in the system tray gave me the option to select the real sound card.

It is very possible that not all of this is necessary - my experimental technique was not very systematic. Try everything else before you start recompiling the kernel with the dummy card (it may not be necessary).

If anybody really knows what they are doing feel free to correct this.

Good luck.


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